• (4.1) 7 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $4,731–$12,183
  • Body Style: Wagon
  • Combined MPG: 22-24
  • Engine: 168-hp, 2.4-liter I-5 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
2009 Volvo V50

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Volvo V50

What We Don't Like

  • No manual transmission
  • Below-average reliability (turbo versions)
  • Crash tests not available
  • Premium gas preferred
  • Backseat a bit tight

Notable Features

  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • T5 front-wheel-drive version dropped'
  • Sedan version (S40) offered

2009 Volvo V50 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Volvo's small wagon, the V50, comes in 2.4i and T5 trim levels, the latter of which is only available with all-wheel drive. Competitors include the Audi A4 Avant, Subaru Impreza Outback Sport and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen.

New for 2009
The front-wheel drive T5 has been discontinued.

The V50's looks are similar to its S40 sibling. A V-shaped hood bulge runs down into a sculpted nose, and there's a broad lower air intake. T5 models come with a standard sporty appearance package called R-Design, which includes a different grille, a sport body kit with body-colored side skirts, and front and rear spoilers.

The V50 comes in at 178 inches long, and its width is 69.7 inches. The V50 is longer and wider than the Impreza Outback Sport, but is smaller than the A4 Avant and Jetta SportWagen.

  • Standard mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Standard power moonroof
  • Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Standard fog lights
  • Aluminum roof rails are standard on T5
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights with articulating headlamps

The standard upholstery in the five-occupant interior has a slightly coarse woven feel said to be inspired by sportswear. Leather upholstery is available. The T5 comes with unique premium leather seating surfaces with embossed R-Design logos, aluminum sport pedals, a sport shift knob, R-Design inlays, a watch-dial instrument cluster and a sport steering wheel. Aluminum trim is now standard on both the 2.4i and T5, while Nordic Light Oak trim is optional.

The rear seatbacks fold down separately, and the front passenger seat's backrest also folds flat. Passenger volume comes in at 92.7 cubic feet, larger than the A4 and Jetta SportWagen but slightly less space than the Impreza. Cargo space comes in at 27.4 cubic feet, but with the back bench down it increases to 62.6 cubic feet, larger than the A4 and Impreza but smaller than the Jetta.
  • Standard locks and windows with express down/up
  • Standard leather gearshift knob, parking brake and steering wheel
  • Standard eight-speaker sound system with six-disc in-dash CD player
  • Standard Sirius Satellite Radio
  • Optional heated front seats (standard on T5)
  • Optional navigation system

Under the Hood
An inline-five-cylinder engine is standard on either model, and high-performance T5 editions employ a turbocharger for more power. The T5 also comes standard with all-wheel drive and a sport suspension.
  • 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter five-cylinder with 170 pounds-feet of torque
  • 227-hp, 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder with 236 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard five-speed automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Optional keyless drive

Though its sister model, the S40 sedan, earned good crash-test scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the wagon hasn't been tested. Unfortunately, differences in weight and construction mean we can't assume the same crash-test performance in the V50. The V50 does have a long list of standard safety features, including new-for-2009 automatic hazard lights that turn on when the airbags are deployed.
  • Standard side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard antilock braking system with electronic brake force distribution
  • Standard electronic stability system and traction control
  • Standard security system
  • Standard immobilizer-encrypted ignition key
  • Optional blind-spot detection system
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 7 reviews

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Perfect car for my son!

by VolvoThom from Dallas on October 10, 2017

30mpg, well made, well designed, comfortable, safe, nicest looking wagon on the planet, great value, Sven did a great job engineering this car, the 2.4L 5cyl has guts, the Swedes have out Germaned the... Read Full Review

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There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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